Parking Restrictions and Districts Overview

Overview of Parking District Restrictions.

Page updated on Nov 15, 2018 at 1:08 PM

Residential Pay by Phone Pilot Program

In November 2016, City Council approved a pilot program that allows residents on eligible blocks to request residential pay by phone signage.  This signage requires vehicles without an applicable district sticker to pay a parking fee to park on the block, while exempting residents and guests that display a valid district permit.  Meters are not installed on these blocks.  Rather, people who choose to pay to park must use the City’s pay by phone app, ParkMobile, or purchase a receipt from a meter on an adjacent block.  Similar to other restrictions in the residential permit parking district program, these requests must be initiated by interested residents of a block through a petition.  This program is approved through March 1, 2019. The pilot program is currently being evaluated to determine whether it should be continued at the end of this term.

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Residential Parking Districts

2 or 3 Hour Parking (depending on the location) EXCEPT for Vehicles with appropriate district residential parking permits.
In 1979 the Alexandria City Council designated certain areas in the City as residential permit parking districts. Council established these parking districts because of the increased demand for parking, particularly in the Old Town and residential areas of the City near METRO stations. The residential permit parking ordinance prohibits on-street parking for more than two or three hours during varying time periods. Vehicles displaying the appropriate parking permits are exempt from these restrictions. The City's Transportation Division posts signs in each block of the parking districts describing the time limits and hours of enforcement. Only persons who maintain their residence within the boundaries of a permit parking district are eligible to obtain parking permits. Guest permits may be obtained  online, or at any  Alexandria Library branch, in addition to City Hall.

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District 12 Residential Parking

No Parking from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EXCEPT for vehicles that display a valid City tax decal or a guest or visitor permits for District 12. Parking Sign District 12 image
In May 2011, City Council adopted a Daytime Parking District in your area (District 12). The goal of district 12 parking restrictions is to prevent commuters from outside Alexandria from parking on district 12 blocks during the workday. Parking is prohibited on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except holidays), unless the vehicle displays either a valid City tax decal on the windshield, or a Guest or Visitor permit for District 12. If your residence is located with the district 12 day-time parking boundaries, the City will send you a permanent visitor/guest permit should a sufficient number of your residents on a block face successfully petition the City to establish restricted parking on a part of the block that includes your residence.

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Overnight Parking District

No Parking from 12:00 midnight to 6:00 a.m. EXCEPT for vehicles that display a valid City tax decal or a guest or visitor permits for District 12.
Overnight parking is prohibited from 12:00 midnight to 6:00 a.m. in selected city blocks including the Varsity Park and the Brookville/ Seminary Valley residential neighborhoods, unless the vehicle displays either a valid City tax decal on the windshield, or a Guest or Visitor permit. Visitor and/or guest permit could be obtained online or at the Treasury Division of the Finance Department, City Hall, Room 1510, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Metered Parking

2 or 3 Hour parking (depending on the location) from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Old Town and Carlyle and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Potomac Yard Monday through Saturday.
Multi-space parking meters have replaced most single-space devices in Old Town. The rate at multi-space meters is $1.75 per hour, and the rate at single-space meters is $1.25 per hour. Meters in Old Town and Carlyle require payment Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and are free on Sundays and state holidays. Meters in Potomac Yard require payment Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and are free on Sundays and state holidays   

Parking for Persons with Disabilities

FREE up to 4 hours.
Parking for persons with disabilities is free for up to 4 hours at single and multi-space meters. In addition, individuals with a handicapped license plate and/or handicapped hangtag could park more than TWICE the restricted time posted on signs in time restricted parking zones.

Parking for Extended Periods: 72-Hour Parking Rule

Per Alexandria City Code, no vehicle may park in a given space on a public street for a period of more than 72 consecutive hours, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Individuals who believe a vehicle has been parked in the same location on-street for a period of more than 72-hours may call the Alexandria Police Department to report the vehicle. Enforcement officers respond by placing a check-notice on the vehicle. Enforcement returns after a period of 72-hours, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. If a vehicle has not been moved, the vehicle is subject to enforcement.

Residents may apply for temporary exemptions to the rule. A temporary exemption may last up to 14 days. Residents must park within 1/8 mile of their homes, and all on-street restriction signage is still applicable. To apply for an exemption, please click here.

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